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Devilman Crybaby creator’s wild new film gets limited U.S. run

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The Night is Short, Walk On Girl is a beautiful and surreal comedy

A new film by Masaaki Yuasa, the director of acclaimed anime like Mind Game, The Tatami Galaxy and Netflix’s Devilman Crybaby, is heading to theaters in August. First released in Japan back in 2017, The Night is Short, Walk On Girl will screen for just two days in select theaters across the country.

From the looks of its debut teaser, The Night is Short, Walk On Girl harkens back to the abstract style Yuasa pioneered with The Tatami Galaxy. That TV series ran for 11 episodes in 2010, and it remains one of the most curious, ambitious works of recent years. Both of these anime feature characters with clean, thin outlines; a busy color palette; and fluid animation that allows the world to bend and twist beyond what’s humanly possible.

That seems to be crucial to the story The Night is Short, Walk On Girl is telling. A teenager known only as The Girl With Black Hair explores Kyoto one night, during which she’s followed by a classmate, Senpai. Senpai has been in love with The Girl on the down-low, and to win her over, he concocts surrealist situations to run into her. Those scenes seem like they only get weirder as the romantic comedy goes on, which is a hallmark of most of Yuasa’s anime.

The Night is Short, Walk On Girl is only playing nationwide on Aug. 21 and 22, making this an extremely short theatrical run. Tickets are now available to purchase through its U.S. distributor, GKids. And a note for anime purists: The film will be in Japanese with English subtitles.

Update: While The Night is Short, Walk On Girl’s nationwide run is limited to Aug. 21-22, GKids confirmed that it will continue to screen in a smaller number of cities beginning Aug. 22.